Kiev’s Independence Square

If you have been living under a rock for the past day or so, you may not know what is going on in the Ukraine right now.  Tuesday evening began the peaceful anti-government protests against the current office.  Victor Yanukovich has been president of Ukraine since 2010, and was Prime Minister before then.

It was discovered that electoral fraud occurred in 2004, and the Ukrainian people were having none of this.  Couple this fraud with the fact that the current government succumbed to Russian pressure to back out of a deal that would allow Ukraine, a former Soviet nation, to join the European Union, and there was an abundance of unrest.  Amidst the peaceful protests of the Ukrainian people, an executive order was issued that outlawed public protests.  This led to the death of 3 peaceful protesters.

Since then over 800 people have been injured in this, now violent, protest.  25 people, citizens and police alike, have been reported dead, and the number will only continue to rise.  If you would like to read more about the events as they unfold, you can read updates here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/blog/2014/feb/19/ukraine-25-dead-after-police-storm-kiev-protest-camp-live-updates

As an American citizen, one who wishes that more people would protest the substantially backwards stances that are taken by our government sometimes (I’m thinking Vietnam War protesters, and the like), I respect those Ukrainian people who have the courage to put their lives on the line for something they believe in; something that will better their country.  Below is a picture of Ukraine’s Independence Square in Kiev, how it normally looks, superimposed with a current picture.  The image is harrowing.

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